The Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), will return to the shipyard that built her on Thursday.
The move will mark the final underway for the ship before the formal decommissioning, which will take place once the defueling process at Newport News Shipbuilding is complete. Nearly 150 shipyard workers will be present for the move as a last tribute to a vessel that many of the workers had a role in building.
On Dec. 1, 2012, an inactivation ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., served as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 Sailors who served aboard. As Enterprise prepares for her journey home, join us in looking back at Big’s E history and service to our Navy.